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Sharpe's Eagle: Book VIII of the Sharpe Series | [Bernard Cornwell]

Sharpe's Eagle: Book VIII of the Sharpe Series

Here is one of those rare novels, the first in an epic series, that completely transports the listener to an unforgettable time and place in history. At Talavera in July of 1809, Captain Richard Sharpe, bold, professional, and ruthless, prepares to lead his men against the armies of Napoleon into what will be the bloodiest battle of the war.
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Here is one of those rare novels, the first in an epic series, that completely transports the listener to an unforgettable time and place in history. At Talavera in July of 1809, Captain Richard Sharpe, bold, professional, and ruthless, prepares to lead his men against the armies of Napoleon into what will be the bloodiest battle of the war. Sharpe has earned his captaincy, but there are others, such as the foppish Lieutenant Gibbons and his uncle, Colonel Henry Simmerson, who have bought their commissions despite their incompetence. After their cowardly loss of the regiment's colors, their resentment toward the upstart Sharpe turns to treachery, and Sharpe must battle his way through sword fights and bloody warfare to redeem the honor of his regiment.

Don't forget to check out the rest of Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe series.

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    Nicholas Winn CA, USA 02-18-03
    Nicholas Winn CA, USA 02-18-03 Member Since 2002

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    "Great and you don't have to have read the others"

    One of the wonderful features of the Sharp's novel is that any one is a stand alone. Cornwell writes the best historical fiction around. Not only does he include lots of backround but he is a master of creating swashbuckling characters and great situations.

    The rendition of the book was excellent, the characters were 100% in place and believable.

    Rent any of the Sharp's books and you won't be dissapointed!

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Penfield, NY, USA 05-06-03
    Thomas Penfield, NY, USA 05-06-03 Member Since 2000
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    "A giant ditto"

    "Sharpe's Eagle" was a fascinating book. The action scenes were read just right to keep the flow moving and the characterizations fit throughout the reading. I'm hooked. Off to get more of Sharpe and see what other problems he runs into as the war goes on.

    By the way, the historical accuracy also helped make the book believable.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    James Dayton, OR, USA 10-16-03
    James Dayton, OR, USA 10-16-03 Member Since 2002
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    "I loved all of Bernard Cornwell Sharpe's books"

    Great fun, lots of adventure, some history. I liked all of Bernard Cornwell Sharpe's books so much that I was deeply depressed when I finished the last one available at audible. More Please!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    KTinPA 11-22-03
    KTinPA 11-22-03 Member Since 2001
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    "Sharpe's Eagle- Great Listening Experience"

    I purchased this book as a first attempt at historical fiction. I found it difficult to find a good place to stop listening. I enjoy historical fiction and this one contains enough historical detail to keep it interesting just from that point of view. In addition, it has a very compelling plot and enough interesting characters to keep the listener engaged through out the telling of this story. I would recommend listening to this series in order if possible. The first available is Sharpe's Rifles. Start there and see what you think.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tom Rockville, MD, USA 06-05-05
    Tom Rockville, MD, USA 06-05-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Engrossing!"

    This was a great story. It was superbly written with plenty of action, but also with great context, background and a description of the time and place that made me feel I was there. It was genuinely hard to stop listening, and after my long commute I often found myself wishing I was not yet at my destination. The reading was outstanding.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Middleton, WI, United States 03-28-14
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    "Stay Away from this narrator"
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Frederick Davidson?

    Almost anyone else. Truly was impossible for me, as an American, to understand the narrator.


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    G.Monie Queens, NY, United States 07-03-13
    G.Monie Queens, NY, United States 07-03-13 Member Since 2011

    " I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.

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    "Great concept, great book, same Sharpe"

    I like the Sharpe books a lot but it always bothers me to no end how every single book, which I understand needs at least 1 antagonist, is always filled with haters that are suppose to be 'his side' fighting the french... in most wars u would NEVER find a NCO's advice & honor tread on like Sharpe is, plus after his accomplishments. It seems I'm always waiting for him to take revenge on a fellow soldier more than an enemy he can hate but respect, which in some books is the entire point. BUT With all craziness of buying ur own army & having the audacity to blame others for problems anyone present could easily see was not an underlings fault plus having family & the always faithful moron following this person I'm surprised anyone won these wars with the thinking these books put forth.

    But like I've said to other people who read historical fictions... in the end, its FICTION, so I don't try to make too many complaints especially when the narrator does a great job, the book has feuds that turn into blood feuds, & all this going on while he keeps an 'impossible' promise to a friend. It was also interesting to hear the actual historical data relayed at the end of the book in regards to what happened during the book as well

    Highly recommend this book if u are picking & choosing through the over 20 some Sharpe books or if ur a fanatic u won't be disappointed

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 11-27-12
    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 11-27-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Action romance promises made and kept"
    Would you listen to Sharpe's Eagle again? Why?

    This was a very interesting story and alot of action as all of Sharpe's are yes a year of so it would be OK to listen to again


    What did you like best about this story?

    The final battle against the French the fight was memorable His men never let him down


    Have you listened to any of Frederick Davidson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, and Mr Davidson is one of the easiest to understand and listen too. Keep up the great work and don't retire


    If you could rename Sharpe's Eagle, what would you call it?

    I liked the name it is almost perfect, maybe Sharpe's French Eagle


    Any additional comments?

    Look forward to reading more I am hooked Mr Cornwell is a true master

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    KEITH Canyon Country, CA, United States 11-15-11
    KEITH Canyon Country, CA, United States 11-15-11 Member Since 2010

    I have been listening to books on tape for over 20 years. Starting with audio tapes, then CD's and now downloads.

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    "From the opening line I was hooked"

    As soon as Mr. Davidson spoke the first line I was so excited to listen to the story. This is the kind of historical fiction that anyone who likes a strong hero and a great story will love. All the Sharpe books are great but this one is as good as it gets. The relationships with the characters and the animosity with the officers of the upper class is great to watch get worked out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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